Mary is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, CHHS. Mary began teaching after practicing as a social worker in NYC for many years. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students primarily in social work practice courses, as well as social work supervision. Her past research interests include examining the effectiveness of group work for parents of children with disabilities and decision making in child welfare. The current focus of her research involves exploring successful teaching strategies to help students learn and confidently master social work practice skills. She looks forward to using OER in courses for timely and current materials and would like to explore ways that OER can be used within professional organizations such as the National Association of Social Work (NASW). Mary has been and is currently on the NASW board. She has a D.S.W from Columbia University and a M.S.W. from New York University.